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Birthday Bugs

Last updated Saturday, June 3, 2006

Author: David A. Carter
Date of Publication: 2004
ISBN: 0689818580
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jun. 2006

Synopsis: In every birthday box, there?s a surprise waiting for you to find. These wacky birthday bugs pop out, plus there?s a party hat so you can be a Party Bug too!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  When is your birthday? What do you do for your birthday?
•  Do you like birthday parties? What do you like to do at birthday parties?
•  What kinds of presents do you like to get for your birthday?
•  What kinds of presents do you like to give your friends?
•  Do you like bugs? Insects? What kinds do you like?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What would it be like to receive a birthday bug in your birthday box?
•  Have you ever gift-wrapped a present for someone?
•  Do you like the bright birthday boxes in this story? What kinds of paper wrap do you like?
•  Why would birthday bugs be a good present?

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own party hat, and don?t forget the Party Bug on it!
•  Draw a picture of a birthday box with colorful paper wrap and bow. Don?t forget the birthday cake with candles (number of candles equals your age!).
•  Make a birthday card for someone you know. Decorate it with bugs.
•  Draw a picture of a bug in a box.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!